Singer "Seal" may be on his way to kissing a rose on the grave of his career if the allegations of sexual battery against him turn out to be credible. Either that or a #MeToo conspiracy is brewing.
Just days after blasting the newly crowned #MeToo queen Oprah for her alleged complicity regarding Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement has come to claim the head of the "Crazy" singer.
TMZ reports that a former neighbor of the famed singer, Tracey Birdsall, said that when she visited his home to retrieve a salad spinner back in 2016, he tried to kiss her without permission. "What are you doing?" Birdsall remembers asking, to which Seal allegedly replied, "I'm kissing you."
Shortly thereafter, Seal allegedly told her that her tank top and shorts suggested she wanted him and then proceeded to grope her breasts. She told him to stop and agreed to sit on the couch with him where he then proceeded to grope her again.
Birdsall left Seal's house and no longer had contact with him. She told TMZ that she decided to file a police report following his criticism of Oprah. The Los Angles County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a sexual battery investigation is underway against the singer.
"Seal vehemently denies the recent allegations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct more than a year ago. He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations," a rep for Seal told TMZ.
In response to Seal's criticism of Winfrey, model Chrissy Teigen suggested she has heard rumors of misconduct. "Hmm. Let’s just say we’ve all heard things about each other, haven’t we," Teigen wrote.
Within days, Seal immediately walked back his criticism of Oprah and encouraged #MeToo victims to speak out.
"Let me start by saying that I have an enormous amount of respect for everything that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life. What I re-posted was not an attack on Oprah at all, she just happened to be the person photographed with the pig [Harvey Weinstein] in the picture,” the singer said. “No, what I re-posted was commentary on the hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior of Hollywood."
"Again, this was not an attack against Oprah," Seal said. "This was an observation on the toxic nature of Hollywood and I believe that a conscious people are a progressive people."
Seal also praised sexual assault victims coming forward. “What you did takes real courage… Please keep coming forward because that’s the only way that we get to solve this thing," he said.